“It is very significant to take that first step and you only have to be right once.” – Keerthilakshmi BR, XLRI, Jameshdpur

 

Keerthilakshmi BR has done B.com (Honors) and is a Chartered Accountant and is currently doing her MBA from XLRI.

 

Tell us about your background

I come from a place called Shimoga, a small town in Karnataka. We are a business family engaged in movie exhibition and distribution. After completing my Class XII in commerce, I moved to Bangalore and pursued my B.Com and Chartered Accountancy simultaneously. After 2.5 years of Articleship, I joined Ernst & Young for the last year of Industrial Training and continued working there post qualification for 2 years.

 

How has your CA career been and what are your takeaways from the same?

It all started when I had to write CPT (CA entrance exam) within 2 months of my Class XII exam, with no exclusive time available for preparations. It was a tough call to go against the odds; however, I cleared the exam with distinction. Subsequently, when there was an option to advance my CA Final exams at a short notice, instead of getting flustered, I chose to grab the opportunity with both the hands and came out with flying colors. I even opted for industrial training in a new organization with my CA Final exams just few months away. With my experience, I can identify myself to be a person who is not afraid of failure, but of failure to make the most of every available opportunity.

I did my Articleship from M/s Manohar Chowdhry & Associates, a mid-sized firm having a strong presence in south India. Based on the suggestion of my reporting partner, I chose to do my B.Com through distance learning which enabled me to work on diverse assignments ranging from corporate finance, direct & indirect taxation, statutory/ special purpose audits, company law, regulatory, etc. and across a broad range of clients such as infrastructure, manufacturing, HNI, NPO, etc. I believe that this experience provided me with a flavor of various streams and alignment with my academics, before moving on to specialization in a big 4.

 

What are the highlights of your work experience?

Even though there is an ever-lasting debate in the CA fraternity whether to go for practice or services, I personally believe that it is advantageous to get a glimpse of both in the initial phase of your career to be able to make an informed choice for the long term. Keeping this in mind, I decided to continue working at Ernst & Young. I was part of tax & regulatory practice with a focus on international taxation and transfer pricing. Being an emerging area, I got an opportunity to work on planning, structuring, M&A, controversy management and compliance related engagements and had a chance to be a part of some of the hot happenings in the corporate world and develop a closer understanding of the big businesses.

 

So what brings you to MBA and XLRI?

Though I had an exciting and satisfying journey as a CA, I felt that there is more to managing a business than possessing technical knowledge. Also my consulting experience opened my eyes to the importance of finer aspects of business and I decided to pursue a formal management course that will provide me holistic understanding of business aspects and will equip me to make impact in a bigger way. XLRI was a preferred choice and is a place where you get to compete and learn from your peers throughout, who are the best minds chosen from diverse areas purely based on merit. So far, it’s been a roller coaster journey and this very experience is what makes it more valuable.

 

What is your take on unconventional career choices, as your own?

It is very significant to take that first step and you only have to be right once. So it is important to never feel constrained and remember that the dots can only be connected backwards. There is an increasing no. of CAs pursuing management education and having an inclination towards business entrepreneurship. With CA course not remaining traditional anymore, the trend is only going to go up.

 

So what is next?

In the short term, I intend to take up a role in industry/ consulting that would allow me to develop practical experience in larger aspects of business along with decision making capabilities. My long-term goal is to hold a leadership position in an organization of international repute and contribute to making it a great workplace along with accelerated business.

 

Read this inspiring story of a rankholding CA-turned IIM Ahmedabad MBA grad – Hemanshu Chokhani.

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“Today’s Popular TV Serials Depict A Life Different From Normal Life. Why Do You Think Realism Is Absent From Them?” – WAT Wednesdays

Welcome to yet another week of WAT Wednesdays!

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This week’s topic is an actual WAT topic of IIM Indore 2013 – “Today’s Popular TV Serials Depict A Life Different From Normal Life. Why Do You Think Realism Is Absent From Them?”

Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

Write an essay on it and let us help you get better at it.

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2) You can write your essay on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each essay on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This exercise may not replace the practice that you may need daily to master WAT but it will definitely help you to shape your line of thought. We will ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually write an essay/WAT after going through this exercise.

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IIM Ahmedabad Final Placements 2016 – 2017 Live

IIM Ahmedabad commenced their Final Placement Process on February 13th, 2017 for the class of 2017. IIM A follows a cluster cohort placement process wherein companies offering similar profiles are grouped into cohorts, and several cohorts are invited to the campus in a particular cluster. The schedule for placements this year is as follows:

Cluster 1: 13th February 2017

Cluster 2: 16th February 2017

Cluster 3: 19th February 2017

The institute will follow a rolling process post-Cluster 3 if necessary.

Look out for this section with more updates on the above mentioned dates.

16th February 2017

IIM Ahmedabad conducted Cluster 2 of the Finals placement process for the PGP batch of 2017 on 16th February 2017. The second cluster consisted of five cohorts: Consumer Goods and Services, General Management, Niche Consulting, Pharmaceuticals and Technology.

The Consumer Goods and Services and Technology cohorts included regular partners like Airtel, Asian Paints, HUL, ITC, Nestlé, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser and Samsung. The General Management and Leadership cohort comprised of recruiters such as the C K Birla Group, Mahindra and Tata Administrative Services, while the Niche Consulting cohort comprised of firms like Feedback Infra and others.

The third cluster is scheduled to be conducted on 19th February 2017.

13th February 2017

The first cluster of the Final Placement process for the PGP class of 2017 was held today at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The firms that participated in Cluster 1 comprised three cohorts – investment banking and markets; management consulting and private equity, venture capital and hedge funds.

The list of Cluster 1 recruiters included regular partners such as Accenture Strategy, A. T. Kearney, Bain & Co., Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman and others.

IIM-A has always had an extremely rich mix of firms from diverse sectors. Consulting firms, offering management consulting roles across geographies, continued to hire in large numbers. This reinforces the strength of the general management program at IIM-A. McKinsey & Company made the highest number of offers – 15 (including pre-placement offers) in Cluster 1. Finance firms offered roles in investment banking, private equity, venture capital and capital markets across functions and geographies.

The second cluster will be held on 16th February 2017

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Valentine’s Day Is A Marketing Gimmick – GD Monday

Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

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On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

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On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

To View and Comment on previous weeks’ topics, please click here.

On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

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On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

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On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

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On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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Welcome to yet another week of GD Monday!

To View and Comment on previous weeks’ topics, please click here.

On one hand, it seems sweet to have a day dedicated to lovers all around the world, on the other hand, it seems stupid to wait for an entire year to make someone feel special. With a hike in prices for flowers, gifts and movies on Valentine’s day and an added pressure to have a date to make yourself seem cool, Valentine’s Day may have just become another marketing gimmick. Would you rather make your someone special feel loved on just one day by bringing them flowers or just do it on any other day just because? Would you want to be a part of the marketing gimmick or be free of that?

Tell us your views on the comments below and get evaluated for the same. Please bear in mind that there is no right or wrong answer for it. That’s an opinion. However, the reasons for that opinion may be right or wrong.  And that’s what is important – the process of reaching the conclusion rather than the conclusion itself.

This is how it’ll work:

1) Users can post their arguments in the comments section below by logging in through their www.insideiim.com User id.

2) You can argue and counter-argue on the topic for the entire week. You can even challenge your friends and make it more interesting!

3) The thread will be moderated by Team InsideIIM to ensure the discussion is kept relevant and is not abusive.

4) On Saturday, experts and industry professionals at InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.

This cannot replace the experience of the actual GD but this exercise will surely help you shape your line of thought. While we may not be able to help you here with your delivery, we ensure that if you go through these next few weeks with us on this thread you will markedly improve your content. Hopefully, there will be more substance when you actually speak in a GD after going through this exercise.

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